Santiago Sierra (born 1966 in Madrid) is a Spanish conceptual artist, whose provocative installations evoke vitriol and enthusiasm in equal amounts. In his controversial projects he encourages laborers to perform useless tasks in white cube settings, such as masturbate in public, crouch in cardboard boxes, get tattoos, get their hair dyed blonde, or carry heavy materials. He aims at unmasking the power relations under which laborers… Read more
About the artwork
Door Plate, 2006 lists all those to whom entrance is prohibited. It is typically contentious, forbidding those who are "blind, deaf, mute…" or "non-English speakers", as well as deliberately contradicting itself at times; for instance in forbidding both the "unemployed" and "employees". In this work, Sierra develops the idea of restricted access that acted as the foundation for his exhibit at the 2003 Venice Biennale, wherein only those in possession of a Spanish passport could access the display, and solely via a back entrance. Sierra evokes themes of obstruction and concealment, exposing the limitations and accessibility issues prevalent in contemporary society. In doing so, he critiques the strict boundaries imposed by those in positions of authority.